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Grants to British Columbia Local Governments
and First Nations for Infrastructure Projects

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Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) - Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF) and Province of BC

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Grants to British Columbia local governments and First Nations for infrastructure projects. Funding is intended for projects that benefit local economies and communities through the construction of infrastructure projects to prevent flooding. Projects should prevent, eliminate, and reduce the impacts of hazards caused by flooding.

Background: Flooding is a significant natural hazard in BC that can damage important infrastructure, cause serious economic losses, and create social disruption. Flooding in BC is often due to:

  • Climatic conditions – intense rainfall, rain on snow, ice jams, rapid snowmelt, storm surges, etc.
  • Geomorphic processes – debris flows, tsunamis, landslides
  • Structural failures – dike failure, dam failure, culvert failure

Eligible Projects:

In order to qualify for funding, applications must demonstrate the need for structural flood mitigation through the completion of appropriate risk assessments, flood maps and/or mitigation plans that are consistent with the outputs of the “2020 Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning” component of the CEPF.

In addition, to qualify for funding, projects must be:

  • A new project (retroactive funding is not available)
  • Capable of completion by the applicant within two years from the date of grant approval
  • Completed under the guidance of a qualified professional
  • Eligible for required approvals, authorizations and permits to complete structural mitigation projects
  • Completed to acceptable provincial standards

Eligible costs can be found at

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187152

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum eligible funding is $750,000.

Term of Contract:

All approved activities are required to be completed within two years of approval.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All local governments (municipalities and regional districts) and all First Nations (bands and Treaty First Nations) in BC are eligible to apply.

Eligible applicants can submit one application per funding stream per intake.

Ongoing operational and maintenance costs are not eligible.

Ineligible Costs & Activities:
Any activity that is not outlined above or is not directly connected to activities approved in the application by the CEPF Evaluation Committee is not eligible for grant funding. This includes:
- On-going operating and maintenance costs
- Preliminary planning and preliminary design activities
- Structural flood mitigation projects that would yield only temporary measures (e.g., use of sandbags, dredging)
- Structural flood mitigation projects intended to support future development in a flood plain
- Projects that create an “orphan structure” for which tenure and/or maintenance responsibility does not remain with the local authority
- Projects (or components) that address needs that are not related to flood prevention or flood mitigation
- Costs related to developing or submitting the application package

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is November 20, 2020. Applicants will be advised of the status of their application within 90 days of the application deadline.

Grants are awarded in two payments: 50% when the signed Approval Agreement is returned to UBCM and 50% when the project is complete and the final reporting requirements have been met.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

If you choose to submit your application by e-mail, hard copies do not need to follow.
All applications should be submitted to:
Local Government Program Services, Union of BC Municipalities
Mail: 525 Government Street, Victoria, BC, V8V 0A8

If you have any questions, contact:
(250) 387-4470 or the above email

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Canada: British Columbia;

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